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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Nikinsey2016, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. Nikinsey2016

    Nikinsey2016 PetForums Newbie

    Mar 15, 2017
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    My 11 year old cocker has had bad teeth and now had many teeth removed. Over this time he's has become very growly and snarling to the point that I can't stroke or touch him. Even talking to him will see his head go down, growling starts and he turns around slowly, moves away with his tail tucked under him. He then barks and howls for a time. He was such a lovely affectionate Spaniel and I would love to have him back, it's very upsetting to see him like this. Can this behaviour be unlearned? Any help grateful, I don't know where to start.
  2. kittih

    kittih PetForums VIP

    Jan 19, 2014
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    Hi and welcome.

    I suggest you put this in the dog chat or the training and behaviour forums as this part is for help on how to use the forum. You should then get lots of useful replies. :)
  3. Muttly

    Muttly Fluffy Mutts Rule!

    Oct 1, 2014
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    I would get him back up the vets first as he may still be in pain.
    How long ago did he have his teeth out? Does he eat ok?
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  4. Sarah1983

    Sarah1983 PetForums VIP

    Nov 2, 2011
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    I'd definitely get him back to the vets, any sudden behaviour change should get checked by a vet to rule out medical reasons.
  5. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

    Aug 11, 2010
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    How recently did you have the teeth removed and had them last checked ? If he has got any teeth left or still got some periodontal issues then he may still be having some pain and discomfort. So its worth ruling that out and also checking to see if there may be anything more going on health wise that may be causing him pain discomfort or making him feel generally unwell. Health problems can cause a dog to be very snappy and reactive.

    Another consideration could possibly be cognitive dysfunction, like older people dogs can lose cognitive function, and can become confused. Is there any other behavioural changes? Often with this things you see are, maybe becoming more awake and agitated at night, but they will then often sleep more and sounder in the day. They may stare or bark at seemingly nothing. Some may not be so responsive to their owners, or commands too and become more withdrawn, although some may become clingy and not cope with being left or different situations so well. Loss of toilet training can be another that you sometimes see. They may also do odd things like wanting to go in the garden, and stand there looking lost and like they are wondering what they are doing out there. Some will walk into corners and cant figure out how to get out again when it progresses. There are things that can help with CDS like aktivait, senilife and there are also veterinary only medicines.

    Other thoughts has the vet checked his eyes too see if there may be any deterioration in sight now his getting a bit older? Loss of sight can also make some dogs to act strange, and also things like hearing loss. It could be behavioural, but really you need to rule out any medical causes first.
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